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von Schwartz15 Sep 2018 6:41 a.m. PST

Looking for a little assist out there. Anybody have any tips on painting dapple horses. I have a whole regiment of 15MM SYW Prussian Hussars who apparently rode primarily grey/white, dun, isabel, and dapples. The other colors I can manage, even isabel, but so far I am not having satisfactory results with my attempts to get a good dapple without spattering paint all over the whole figure, my work bench, and me! Let me know.
Now I am going to try to clean all these white speckles from my glasses.

14Bore15 Sep 2018 9:25 a.m. PST

I have been using this chart for a few years, other thing I will do is Google pictures of these horses for pictures of live horses.
My horses have gotten more variety than my old, brown mostly throwing in a black and maybe a gray

Lucius16 Sep 2018 10:50 a.m. PST

The best way I've found, is to apply a dappling color 2 shades lighter than the basecoat(rather than using white), while the basecoat is still wet. You can't assembly line paint dapple horses with acrylics, but you'll get more realistic shading that way.

Also remember that a dapple coat is not a hair color, it is a loss of hair color. It's a horse that is going gray. For whatever reason,once that sunk in, it made painting them easier.

von Schwartz16 Sep 2018 11:15 a.m. PST

Thank you both for your help. I feel a little silly though, I've been painting historical miniatures since my early 30s, I am now 65, and never seemed to be able to master some of the more basic painting, shading, and dry brushing techniques, lack of patience I suppose. Guess now that I'm retired I'll have the time.

wrgmr116 Sep 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

I'll add to Lucius comment. Get some artist extender medium and mix that with your your base coat, that will keep it wetter longer.

von Schwartz16 Sep 2018 2:50 p.m. PST

Thank you wrgmr1 that was a concern as I use water based and it dries fairly fast.

von Winterfeldt17 Sep 2018 5:19 a.m. PST

paint a fairly light grey – then add to those patches where you like the dabble – a heavy wash or artist water colours of charcoal black, dabble with white water colour from a tube.

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14Bore17 Sep 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

Well you have heard from the best now so good luck

von Schwartz17 Sep 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

I am overwhelmed!

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